Bath's Haycombe Cemetery targeted in vandal attacks
Vandals have smashed windows, statues and plant containers in three separate incidents at a Bath cemetery.
Police are investigating the “disgraceful and mindless” crimes which took place over the summer at Haycombe Cemetery.
In the most recent attack, last Thursday, items from memorial stones in the Pergola Garden at the Whiteway cemetery were thrown into the pond, a statue was pushed off its concrete foundation and plant containers were smashed and dumped in the water.
There was a similar incident in the same garden area on August 24, while on August 29, the windows of the Tempetio - a small temple-shaped building, built to house a book of remembrance - were smashed.
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Tracey Mock, bereavement services manager at the Bath and North East Somerset Council-run cemetery, appealed for anyone with information to go to the police.
She said: “This is completely unacceptable behaviour which spoils the environment of the cemetery for the people who come to remember their family and friends.
“The council is urging people with any information about who these reckless vandals are to contact the police.
“Our message to the perpetrators of this crime is to show some common decency and stop ruining Haycombe for others.”
Police have now stepped up patrols in the area to try to catch the culprits.
Beat manager Sgt Chris Clarke said: “This is disgraceful and mindless vandalism.
“We are investigating and have increased patrols in and around the cemetery. We will be working with management there to improve security and to catch the offenders.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Bath police on the non-emergency number 101.